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Political Science

POLS 1311 - American-Texas Government and Politics I (3 credits)

Functions and characteristics of American political systems, its environment, legal framework, electoral process, political parties and pressure groups and policy outputs. Fulfills Texas teacher certification requirements. (TCCN: GOVT 2301) Offered: Fall, Spring.

POLS 1312 - American-Texas Government and Politics II (3 credits)

Major political institutions; executive, legislative, judicial and independent agencies; American foreign policy and intergovernmental relations. (TCCN: GOVT 2302) Offered: Fall, Spring.

POLS 2190-2690 Selected Issues In Political Science (1-6 credits)

Introduction to a specialized topic(s) chosen by the instructor. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

POLS 2304 - Introduction to Political Science (3 credits)

Elements affecting political actors and systems; analysis of important theories and theorists in subfields of Political Science. Areas include political behavior, political systems, politics and economics, political processes, and politics between nation-states. Prerequisites: POLS 1311, POLS 1312 or consent of instructor. Offered: Spring.

POLS 2351 - Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 credits)

Same as CRIJ 1301.

POLS 2360 - Political Geography (3 credits)

Interdisciplinary course designed to explore the various ways in which humans and the environment interact and the subsequent political and economic effects. Addresses various topics in the fields of political, cultural and human geography, including environmental issues, population growth, power politics, the nature of the state, international conflict, electoral geography, the politics of nationalism, and globalization. Prerequisites: POLS 1311, POLS 1312 or consent of instructor.

POLS 3300 - Intergovernmental Relations (3 credits)

Growth and development of local government; responses of cities, counties, regional associations and other governmental jurisdictions to significant urban problems; interrelationships of governmental units and levels. Prerequisites: POLS 1311, POLS 1312 or consent of instructor.

POLS 3302 - American Political Parties (3 credits)

Analysis of the development of American political parties; survey of party structures, problems and methods of political leaders; voting, elections, presidential campaigns; growth and development of pressure groups. Prerequisites: POLS 1311, POLS 1312 or consent of instructor. Offered: Fall of even-numbered years.

POLS 3320 - Statistics (3 credits)

Same as PSYC 3381.

POLS 3325 - Research Methods (3 credits)

Analysis of tools necessary for conducting research including critical thinking, effective writing style, and understanding of elementary statistical techniques. Covers methods useful in all types of scholarly endeavors such as problem solving, debating, understanding tables, and evaluating validity and reliability of information. Prerequisites: POLS 1311, POLS 1312 or consent of instructor.

POLS 3331 - Public Finance, Budgeting, Fiscal Policy (3 credits)

Administrative and legislative decisions relative to public goods and services; government monetary and fiscal policy; revenue sources and the theory and methods of taxation; local, state and federal source of income and expenditures including the principles of finance; purposes and steps in governmental budgeting, budget calendars and cycles, comparisons of line items, performance and zero base budgeting. Prerequisites: POLS 1311, POLS 1312 or consent of instructor.

POLS 4301 - Constitutional Law I (3 credits)

Examination of constitutional law developed through case study. Focuses on legal policies as determined through the course system and implemented with national and state legislation. Cases emphasize commerce and civil law. Prerequisites: POLS 1311, POLS 1312 or consent of instructor. Offered: Fall of odd-numbered years.

POLS 4302 - Constitutional Law II (3 credits)

Examination of constitutional law developed through case study. Focuses on legal policies as determined through the court system and implemented with national and state legislation. Cases emphasize criminal and civil rights law. Prerequisites: POLS 1311, POLS 1312 or consent of instructor. Offered: Spring of even-numbers years.

POLS 4308 - Political Theory and Modern Political Ideology (3 credits)

Historical and intellectual development of political theory and political ideology in its past and present forms. Prerequisites: POLS 1311, POLS 1312 or consent of instructor. Offered: Spring of odd-numbered years.

POLS 4310 - Legal Process (3 credits)

Origins of law, structure, and functions of judiciary as participant in political process; interrelationships with executive and legislative branches; crime and legal process. Prerequisites: POLS 1311, POLS 1312 or consent of instructor.

POLS 4350 - International Relations and Law (3 credits)

Analysis of the international system, policy formulation process and selected problems on the international scene. Topics may include military conflicts, aid, conflict, resolution, environment and space. Prerequisites: POLS 1311, POLS 1312 or consent of instructor. Offered: Spring of odd-numbered years.

POLS 4351 - Environmental Policy and Law (3 credits)

Current environmental acts, regulations, and laws examined with emphasis on federal regulations and laws. Examination of environmental processes through which public demands are generated and incorporated into policy. Prerequisites: POLS 1311, POLS 1312 or consent of instructor. Offered: Spring of even-numbered years.

POLS 4360 - Mexican Americans and Politics in the Southwest (3 credits)

Overview and analysis of Mexican Americans and the political movement in the southwest. Examination of political history, changes and development. Topics include politics and education, judicial system and affirmative action. Same as MAST 4360. Prerequisites: POLS 1311, POLS 1312 or consent of instructor. Offered: Fall of even-numbered years.

POLS 4361 - Latin American Politics (3 credits)

Addresses conditions in Latin American countries that lead to their forms of government, culture, society, and nature of political and economic development. Topics include transition and consolidation of democracy and the role of political culture, the state, interest groups, class structure, and political institutions.

POLS 4370 - Political Economy of the United States (3 credits)

Analysis of interaction of politics and economics in the domestic and international arenas. Examination of divergent theoretical perspectives, trade, technology, environment. Prerequisite: POLS 1311, POLS 1312 or consent of instructor.

POLS 5114-5314 Directed Reading in Political Science (1-3 credits)

Independent readings in a specific area to broaden and enrich student understanding in a particular area of interest. Prerequisites: 12 advanced semester hours in political science and consent of instructor.

POLS 5309 - Comparative Government (3 credits)

Theory and method of comparative political study; focus on nations to represent a cross-section of the major "isms." Prerequisite: POLS 1311, POLS 1312 or consent of the instructor. Offered: Fall of odd-numbered years.

POLS 5316 - Practicum in Political Science (3 credits)

Directed studies while interning in a degree-associated workplace. Prerequisites: Advanced standing, minimum grade point average of 3.0 or consent of instructor.

POLS 5318 - Topics in Political Science (3 credits)

A seminar designed to focus on specialized topic chosen by instructor. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Prerequisites: Advanced standing, minimum grade point average 3.0 or consent of instructor.